The Department of Music at University of the Cumberlands hosted its annual high school jazz clinic Jan. 19 for high school band students and their directors. UC music faculty members and students worked with the participants in various aspects of performing and teaching jazz. It was an effort to assist high school students and directors with the development of skills and concepts to aid in the advancement of their own high school jazz ensembles.
Participants from Estill High included Austin McClanahan, Alex Hall, Marry Morris and Matthew Smith. They were chosen based on director Jason Bowles recommendation.
The students attended rehearsals and master classes with the university’s faculty. They learned jazz ensemble methods and techniques and performed two numbers they learned at the end of the day to “show off” their accomplishments.
The directors also participated in master classes and jazz reading sessions.
The jazz tunes the students played at the clinic included, “Rent Party” and “Roundhouse.”